Coronavirus update: Government ‘lifeline’ for self-employed welcomed by business groups

March 27, 2020
Coronavirus update: Government ‘lifeline’ for self-employed welcomed by business groups

Business organisations have backed government help outlined last night to support the self-employed and sole traders affected by coronavirus, describing them as a lifeline for around 5m people. The measures announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, pictured below, provide a grant worth 80% of profits up to a cap of £2,500 a month and are targeted...

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Bath Building Society says record year in 2019 could shield it from financial impact of coronavirus

March 27, 2020
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Bath Building Society has said it expects the coronavirus pandemic to have “minimal” impact on its overall financial position despite the three-month mortgage holiday announced by the government. The society, which has more than 20,000 savers and 1,200 mortgage customers, has also introduced penalty-free access to deposits for members to reduce financial hardship caused...

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Coronavirus update: Manufacturing Barometer to take pulse of impact on industry

March 27, 2020
Coronavirus update: Manufacturing Barometer to take pulse of impact on industry

Bath’s small and medium-sized manufacturers are being urged to take part in a major survey to gauge the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on industry. The resected quarterly Manufacturing Barometer – the largest survey of its type in England – has just gone live and is inviting companies to highlight the issues they are...

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Coronavirus update: Website launched with expert advice to help firms trade through the crisis

March 26, 2020
Coronavirus update: Website launched with expert advice to help firms trade through the crisis

Bath businesses needing up-to-date information, advice and guidance to help them trade in the current unprecedented market conditions are being encouraged to turn to a new web portal launched by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. Called Trading Through Coronavirus, it aims to help businesses navigate their way through the crisis by enabling...

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Major distribution hub under way as online shopping boom continues to drives demand

March 25, 2020
Major distribution hub under way as online shopping boom continues to drives demand

One of the biggest distribution parks on the M4 corridor is taking shape as demand for large units shows no sign of easing. Steelworks for the first speculative unit on the St Modwen Park at junction 17 near Chippenham have recently gone up, pictured – although construction work has now ceased due to the...

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Keep-fit-at-home platform launched by MoveGB as it vows to help independent fitness providers

March 24, 2020
Keep-fit-at-home platform launched by MoveGB as it vows to help independent fitness providers

Bath-based fitness subscription firm MoveGB has launched a platform with free live-streamed classes for members to keep fit at home during the coronavirus crisis. At the same time, to help its thousands of self-employed fitness providers and independent venues, it has also set up a fund enabling members to continue to pay them –...

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